OADN Leadership Institute Accepting New Applicants Now Through June 15, 2022

May 5, 2022

Applications now being accepted for Cohorts 3 & 4 of the OADN Leadership Institute!

The OADN Leadership Institute is the ONLY national program exclusively focused on ADN nursing faculty and deans/directors seeking opportunities to enhance their leadership competencies and skills.

Highlights of the program include:

  • 4 Virtual Seminars
  • 1: 1 Mentorship Experience
  • Peer-to-Peer Coaching Calls
  • Monthly Round Table Discussions
  • Leadership Development Plan

OADN is pleased to announce additional opportunities to apply for this cohort-based program that provides an excellent opportunity to exchange wisdom, share perspectives, as well as practice giving and receiving feedback in a supportive environment. In addition, participants will receive reading assignments, resources, and tools to fine tune their leadership development activities, and focus on outside trends impacting the profession.

“As a newer leader in nursing education, the OADN Leadership Institute was transformative! Being so busy, it may never seem like the right time to set aside time for personal growth, but it is definitely worth the investment! The program offered me an invaluable opportunity to pause and spend a few moments recharging and focusing on my career and leadership development through thought-provoking and inspirational seminars. I highly recommend this experience to anyone looking to grow and develop as a leader!” – Karla Ross DNP, RN, CNE – Director, Associate Degree Nursing, Blinn College


“The OADN Leadership Institute has provided me with a safe space to process what it means to be an associate degree nursing director. The 1:1 mentoring gives me direct access to a seasoned ADN leader and my mentor has already expanded my network with introductions to numerous individuals who have ideas to share about my personal growth and program management.  The time I set aside to participate in this program is time I am gifting to myself as a learner and a developing leader in a very challenging era of nursing and nursing education.” – Dale Spielman, MSN, RNC-OB, CNE – Director for Nursing Education, Harford Community College


Cohort 3 Seminar Dates Cohort 4 Seminar Dates
July 7, 2022 August 18, 2022
August 11, 2022 September 15, 2022
September 8, 2022 October 13, 2022
October 6, 2022 November 13, 2022

Application Cycle: May 5 – June 15, 2022

Admission: 2 Cohorts up to 12 participants each

Tuition: $895* for OADN members / $1,350 for non-members (*Limited number of partial scholarships available through the OADN Foundation)

Time Commitment: 4 hours a week over a 4-month period

For More Information Contact: Mary Dickow, Director of Leadership Development at mary.dickow@oadn.org

Download Application Packet Here


Cohort 1

Cohort 2


Vicki Calfa MSN, RN, CNE, PCCN
Nursing Faculty
Ranger College

Kendrah Cunningham MSN, RN, VA-BC
Associate Nursing Programs Administrator
Central Ohio Technical College

Jacqueline Fritts MSN Ed, CHSE, RN
Nursing Simulation Coordinator
Associate Faculty
MiraCosta Community College

Diane Gomez DNP, RN
Nursing Faculty & Administrative Chair
Valencia College

Michele Gonser MSN, RN
Director of Quality Improvement in Nursing
Ivy Tech Community College

Peter Miskin DHSc, MScN, RN, PHN
Nursing Faculty
Evergreen Valley College

Terri Moody DNP, APRN
Director of Nursing & Allied Health
East Arkansas Community College

Karla Ross DNP, RN, CNE
Director, Associate Degree Nursing
Blinn College

Dale Spielman MSN, RNC-OB, CNE
Director for Nursing Education
Harford Community College


Meredith Ashley MSN, RN
ADN Director
Tyler Junior College

Laurie Dillon DNP, RN
Department Chair
Austin Community College

Mary Grady DNP, RN, CNE, CHSE
Nursing Programs Administrator & Professor
Lorain County Community College

Carla Jacobs RN, MSN, CNE
RN Program Director
North Arkansas College

Karen Macey-Stewart DNP, APRN, A-GNP-C, RN-PMGT-BC
Nursing Instructor
Delgado Community College

Catherine McDonough MSN Ed, RN
Professor Health Science ADN Program
College of Central Florida

Lori Shank MSN, RN, CPN, DNP-S
Associate Professor of Nursing
Johnson County Community College

Jennifer Smith RN, MSN, MBA, CV-BC, CNE
Director of Nursing
William Rainey Harper College

Heather Wierzbinski-Cross MSN, RN, CNE
Dean for the School of Nursing
Ivy Tech Community College
Richmond Campus